Dr Christine Mclean

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Position: Lecturer in Social Studies of Technology and Organising
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Chris McLean came to UMIST to study for a BSc in Management in 1989 and on completion of her degree she commenced a PhD. Through an ethnographic style of investigation she explored the complex sets of relations and organizing practices underlying mental health care. In 1996 she joined the staff of Manchester School of Management at UMIST. She is currently a member of CRESC and a Programme Director for the MIT degree.

Research Interests

Chris's main teaching areas include social studies of technology and organising, research methodology, and actor network theory. These overlap with her research work in which she has a keen interest in the ways in which we understand the role of objects with respect to the organising process and the process of visualisation. She has been involved in a variety of empirical research projects using an ethnographic style of investigation and she is currently involved in a project exploring the role of visual management in the newspaper printing industry. In particular this involves exploring the processes and performances by which objects are repeated into action through various sets of practices and relations. Furthermore, this calls into question how we examine notions of objects, practices, multiplicity, alterity, stability and change.

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  • Mclean, C., & Aroles, J. (2016). Critical Realism and Actor-Network Theory/Deleuzian Thinking: A Critical Comparison in the Area of Information Systems, Technology and Organizational Studies. In Beyond Interpretivism? New encounters with technology and organization. (pp. 58-72). ( IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology). Springer. . Publication link: a779e0c3-503f-4e15-b337-7bd4c66ef07f


  • Aroles, J., & Mclean, C. (2015). Becoming, assemblages and intensities: re-exploring rules and routines. In G. F. Lanzara, F. X. de Vaujany, N. Mitev, & A. Mukherjee (Eds.), Rules, regulations and materiality in management and organization studies. (pp. 177-194). Publication link: ec949c86-1dbb-4325-82e3-c5eb85bd01f4


  • Mclean, C., & Aroles, J. (2014). Making organizational facts, standards and routines: tracing materialities and materialising traces. In Materiality and Time: Historical Perspectives on Organizations, Artefacts and Practices. (pp. 81-98). (Technology, Work and Globalization ).. Publication link: 17133274-81b7-46b3-92fd-bbe5489fe7f7


  • Harvey, P., Casella, E., Evans, G., Knox, H., Mclean, C., Silva, E., ... Woodward, K. (2013). Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion. London: Routledge.. Publication link: dd889a8a-7105-46de-9f40-a4effc6cc0cb
  • Harvey, P., Casella, E., Evans, G., Knox, H., Mclean, C., & Thoburn, N. (2013). The Routledge Handbook of Object Matters. London: Routledge.. Publication link: eefa6a25-945b-4736-8dc1-5b337755bb5b


  • Mclean, C., & McLean, C. (2012). Potentialities and Possibilities: Objects, Memory and Crystal Images. In Objects and Materials. London: Routledge. . Publication link: cba835d5-c177-4650-8a80-3a2c0ddf1228


  • Mclean, C., McLean, C., Hoskin, K., & Prior, L. (Ed.) (2011). Organizing Madness. In Using Documents and Records in Social Research. (pp. 519-545). London: Sage. . Publication link: 3765c357-cce3-417b-a396-fdb22e077271
  • Mclean, C., Puyou, F-R., Quattrone, P., McLean, C., & Thrift, N. (2011). Imagining Organizations. Performative Imagery in Business and Beyond. Routledge.. Publication link: 37d67598-6119-43f5-b6e0-c27e50a30626
  • Mclean, C., Puyou, F-R., Quattrone, P., McLean, C., & Thrift, N. (2011). Imagining Business. In Imagining Business: Performative Imagery in Business and Beyond. (pp. 1-16). London: Routledge. . Publication link: cb06104a-22c2-48ee-8e53-1f3c670b0077



  • Mclean, C., McLean, C., Hassard, J., Kelerman, M. (Ed.), & Wolfram, J. C. (Ed.) (2007). Actor-networks and sociological symmetry. In Disorganisation Theory: Explorations in Alternative Organisational Analysis. Routledge. . Publication link: 8435a2e9-fd64-4895-8d63-f17af08defe2


  • Mclean, C., McLean, C., & Hild, A. (2005). Evaluating the experience of clinicians of the Electronic Care Plan. No publisher name.. Publication link: cb62a3f0-42b0-451d-b482-bc6e72c69b08
  • Mclean, C., & Desmond, W. (2005). Is there metaphysics after critique? In International Philosophical Quarterly|Int. Philos. Q.. (Vol. 45, pp. 221-241). Publication link: 1e9ecf89-3076-4af5-859d-c459914293eb





  • Mahmoud, E., Keith, R., Mclean, C., & Edwards, P. (2000). Budgeting and Strategy in Schools: the elusive link. Unknown Journal, 16. . Publication link: b2a5af2b-7f53-4524-81c2-44766973a903


  • Mahmoud, E., Keith, R., Mclean, C., & Edwards, P. (1999). New Public Sector Reform and Institutional Change: the local management of school initiative. London: CIMA.. Publication link: a4d9bbef-abde-4ab0-a88b-c199605f21b9


  • Mclean, C., Ewels, J., & Knights, D. (1998). Personal Finance Education and Money Advice: more work for the over-stretched, or a perfect partnership?Unknown Journal. . Publication link: c66d00be-392e-458b-b99e-28ba400c7b05



  • Mclean, C., & McLean, C. (1995). Madness and Organisation: informed management and empowerment. In host publication. London: Chapman & Hall. . Publication link: 8268f3a8-f27b-4c98-ba0a-13d3643fe125